TI India design contest

Update from the comments:

I’d think twice before entering. From the terms and conditions point 2:
By making a submission as part of the TIIMDC, you expressly agree to irrevocably, perpetually and exclusively grant and assign in favour of Texas Instruments (India) Private Limited (TI), without any geographical restriction and on a royalty free basis, all rights, title and interest, including but not limited to patents, designs, mask-works, copyright and rights of reproduction, re-use and moral rights, in respect of the materials, designs and/or ideas submitted by you to TI.

The assign part is very scary. Basically, they ask you to do work without pay and any possibility of using your own work ever again. Free labor lured with a minuscule carrot of winning a price.

Trey German points us in the direction of another international contest, this one sponsored by TI India. It’s dubbed a hunt for an MCU design wizard. As TI explains it:

Every design must have at least 1TI MCU controller (MSP430, C2000, Stellaris,Hercules platforms). Participants are also encouraged to leverage form the vast portfolio of TI’s Analog products (enhanced further by NS acquisition) in this contest. Any company, design house, hobbyist, individual or group of individuals, may enter the Contest

Visit TI India for details and entry form. Hurry, as Phase I of the contest ends January 31, 2012.

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6 Comments

  1. I’d think twice before entering. From the terms and conditions point 2:
    By making a submission as part of the TIIMDC, you expressly agree to irrevocably, perpetually and exclusively grant and assign in favour of Texas Instruments (India) Private Limited (TI), without any geographical restriction and on a royalty free basis, all rights, title and interest, including but not limited to patents, designs, mask-works, copyright and rights of reproduction, re-use and moral rights, in respect of the materials, designs and/or ideas submitted by you to TI.

    The assign part is very scary. Basically, they ask you to do work without pay and any possibility of using your own work ever again. Free labor lured with a minuscule carrot of winning a price.

    1. Thanks Berthos, I included your comment as an update in the post. I will harass contact TI’s PR droids about this and do a little grilling. Look for a followup next week.

  2. Most contest include some kind of clause that allows contest organizers to publish the designs and use them on marketing material and as reference designs. It’s usually done in the form of a perpetual, irrevocable and royalty free licence grant. But the exclusivity that is being asked here is indeed scary. It would mean that once you submit your design you can’t use it anymore.

  3. The post now reads very strangely. First, the problems are described, then the closing remark is “Hurry!” It’s not like you won’t be able to find someone to rip off your work after Jan 31st ;-)

  4. . It is basic cover their buttocks type stuff, I thought.


    Other Points
    IP will reside with the participants.
    TI will enable commercialization through publicity on website, ads

    That bit may not of been there before.

    This part is still there(right after the quoted bit), and reads alot more scary than the bit above it that looks like standard cover butt stuff.
    ” Upon submission to TI, you shall cease to enjoy or retain any right, title or interest over the material, design or idea in question”

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